Most work at home moms choose to conduct business from home because of the freedom they receive in regards to their family. They can successfully (most of the time) eliminate the costs of child care and still provide a supplemental income for their home.
However, what happens when the kids are too distracting and/or needy? Child care isn’t something that most WAHMs think is possible, but is it something you should be considering?
The most obvious benefit of sending your kiddo to daycare is the amount of time it will free up in your day. Many moms are able to get tons of work done in just the 3-4 hours their children are away. And this time isn’t just for work either.
With this free time you can also get errands and household chores completed as well. So, even if you do not currently work from home, you can still knock out a lot of your to-do list if you are able to be alone and productive for just a few hours a week.
Of course, there are some considerations that you should make before deciding if child care is right for your family – the primary one being cost. Most families cannot justify the price of having someone else supervise their young children, but if it allowed you to earn even more money while also giving you some time for yourself or the home, would it be worth it?
Daycare isn’t the only option for WAHMs needing help with child care. You could hire a mother’s helper to come assist you with your children just a couple mornings a week. This is usually teen or young adult, and they generally feed and play with your child while you work.
Something else to think about is how it will affect the child. Unless you plan to homeschool, your kids will eventually have to leave home to attend school. For some kids, day care is a great preliminary option prior to regular school…this is especially true for only children. It can help them further their social skills as well as learn important aspects of life, such as cooperation, sharing, and patience, in a more relaxed setting. So, considering child care as a WAHM may not just be beneficial for the mom here.
All in all, the consideration of child care while you work is something that will be dependent on your family’s situation. If you can afford it, I would recommend it. We plan to enroll our son in a preschool or some sort by the time he is three, primarily for the social aspects. However, it will also give me much more time in the day to get things done so I’m not so much of a 3rd shift worker!
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